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Best dessert in Houston?

My bet would go to an off-the-menu specialty at Fratelli's out on 290, peaches in the Piedmont style. During peach season, if they have some peaches in the kitchen, they will make this to order for you: halved peach, stuffed with crumbled Italian almond macaroons, some brown sugar, madeira wine, butter, baked until hot, topped with a mixture of ricotta and whipped cream. Unbelievably good!

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Fratelli's
10989 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77092

Sep 03, 2010
LCherry in Houston

Nino's Italian Restaurant

I actually prefer Vincent's, which is right next door. Owned by the same people, I believe, but a little more of a trattoria vibe to it.

Aug 18, 2010
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Cooking Classes in Houston Texas?

For anyone who has never taken a knife skills class, I would really recommend taking one here or at Central Market. Even if, like me, you have been cooking your whole life and don't think you have anything to learn in that area, trust me, you are wrong. I was blown away at some of the things I learned.

Aug 15, 2010
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Cooking Classes in Houston Texas?

The cheapest cooking classes in Houston are offered at the Fiesta out in Willowbrook and at the HEB superstore on I10 at Bunker Hill. Their usual charge is $35, while CM or Sur la Table classes can be pricy ($60-$80). I haven't been to any yet at HEB (I am told they are taught by an in house chef). The ones at Fiesta are kind of a mixed bag, some very good. The only problem with that location is that it's a war to get there during rush hour.

Aug 15, 2010
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New wineries in SE Texas

There are a lot of new wineries out around the Brenham/Chapell HIll area. Does anyone have any wines from this area that they have tried and would recommend?

Aug 14, 2010
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Looking for arepas or arepa flour.

Any ideas on where to get good arepas that isn't an hour's drive from the Heights? I'm also looking for arepa flour; I had a good magazine article a couple years ago on how to make them, but it said that you should have the special flour, which I think would be finer than mas harina.

Aug 11, 2010
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food trucks

And of course, downtown and in the Medical Center are exactly where food carts would work so well. I originally came here from Berkeley, where food carts absolutely filled the south side of the campus. You could walk out of your building and get 30 different kinds of food, all hot, cheap, and delicious.

Aug 11, 2010
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food trucks

I was hoping for one somewhere near the Heights. The closest Indian food is Khyber Grill down at Richmond/Kirby. With Washington Street exploding like it is, we have been hoping that something might go in down there. For awhile, there was a rumor going around that Taj Mahal might be reborn there, but I haven't heard anything more about that, and neither has anyone at Allison Cook's blog.

Aug 11, 2010
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food trucks

I went over there for lunch one day, excited that there was some Indian food in the area at long last. Unfortunately, the food was not very good and it took much, much too long to get it. I was the only one there at 11:45, and still the only one there at 12:15 when I was still waiting for the food. I think that a truck serving Indian street food (Bombay Sweet style??) would do a terrific business around here. I would be there a couple times a week..

Aug 09, 2010
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Curry plant and curry leaf tree

I absolutely agree with Gio. I've been cooking for a lot of years, peppered by a lot of mistakes. Most notably,There is a parade of really bad loaves of bread that goes back almost 30 years. I can finally make an almost passable loaf, but of course now you can buy great artisanal bread all over Houston, so I seldom bother.

Aug 09, 2010
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Curry plant and curry leaf tree

I bought mine from Logee's greenhouse (see: http://www.logees.com/prodinfo.asp?nu... ), but I see on their site that they are temporarily out of stock. You might contact them and see when they expect to have some more in. You also can just try doing a Google search on the scientific name, Murraya koenigii, for other vendors.

I actually tend to use the leaves more for southern coastal Indian cooking, which is heavily into seafood and vegetables. Take a look at "Curried Favors" by Maya MacMillan. It has some wonderful recipes using curry leaves.

Aug 08, 2010
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Houston Cajun Joints ?

One of real hidden treasures of Houston is Louisiana Seafoods on 12th Street, just outside the loop. LS supplies seafood to local restaurants, but at lunchtime offers takeout Cajun food that is delicious and cheap. Plate lunches (jumbalaya, etoufee, stuffed pork chopes) for $7-8 dollars, gumbo for $4.95 a pint (chicken and seafood is some of the best I've had). They also have boudin, some addictive little shrimp balls, and little Cajun meat turnovers. And, if that wasn't enough, it's a great place to buy fresh fish and shrimp. The only downside is that it's very difficult to find; probably easies to access by going east on 12th Street off of N. Post Oak, just south of Hempstead Highway. They start selling lunch at about 11:00, and it goes until the food is gone (usually about 12:30).

Aug 08, 2010
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Home-made Indonesian food in West Houston

Yesterday was Indonesian independence day, celebrated at the Indonesian consulate in West Indoseian with a huge food festival. We knew we were on to something when, as we walked in, we saw score of Indonesian people walking out with giant bags filled with "to go" containers, bringing food home for their dinner. In something that i haven't seen since the original unregulated Caribbean festival about 15 years ago, all of the food was home-made; sort of like a giant pot-luck dinner. And it was fabulous and cheap. I suspect that, because the festival is held on the grounds of a foreign consulate, that city of Houston rules for festival food (must have 3 separate containers of water for cleanuip, no propane, allowed etc.) do not apply. I am told that you can also go there at lunchtime on Saturdays and purchase some of this great home-made food in their cafeteria.

Aug 08, 2010
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Niçoise Salad

The best one that I've had was in Avignon: no potatoes, little croustades with goat cheese on them, and a touch of horseradish in the dressing.

Aug 08, 2010
LCherry in Recipes

Curry plant and curry leaf tree

The curry plant you bought is not the one that is used for Indian cooking. The one you want is shown at this link: http://www.herbcompanion.com/Gardenin... . It is a 2-3 foot plant, with long compound leaves; each leaflet on the compound leaf is about an inch long. You use them like you would use bay leaves. I live in Houston, and have two growing in my patio. they do very well here as long as you don't let them freeze. I ordered mine over the Internet. I don't remember the exact company, but you should be able to find one easily.

Aug 07, 2010
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